Wow, wow, wow! What a great two days we had! Last Wednesday and Thursday we had our annual Big Bang, and what a Big Bang it was! The Big Bang (a term I borrowed from EO) is our annual training, motivation, fun and games, team building, and bonding event. It’s an exclusive event just for our Team Members. We actually close all our locations during these two days and focus exclusively on our Team Members.
What an exhausting two days! Day One started with a group circuit workout in DBC Hamala. This was followed by an Introduction to NLP presentation given by me. We then had lunch in Pastarito in City Centre, followed by bowling (which I won again!). We then made our way to the Royal Golf Club in Riffa Views, where we were given some golf lessons. I think they call it a golf clinic. We were taught how to putt, chip and drive.
I discovered I was really – and I mean really – bad at golf! I did really badly in the driving range. Zuhair, our company driver – who never golfed in his life – felt sorry for me and started giving me some tips. “Look Mr. Suhail. You hold the club like this, and then you swing like this!” he told me, whacking the ball into the distance. Yeah but I can still kick your backside I thought to myself. Other people who turned out to be talented in Golf were DBC GM Mark Salvador and Zen-Do Head Instructor Vinod Joseph. It’s liked they played their whole life! After that we had dinner in the club, in the restaurant Links. There we told jokes and just laughed and laughed. What a great first day!
Day Two started with team building training session with Trainer Extraordinaire Feda Salameh. We did some fun games like blindfolded guiding, building towers out of flip chart paper, and the egg wrapping and throwing game. It was a lot of fun. As a business owner it was great to see my Team Members having so much fun, and bonding so well. It really brought me a lot of joy and satisfaction.
The team building session was followed by lunch in Cafe Ceramique in the Aali Mall. Here each Team Member painted a small tile with their own interpretation of either one of our missions or our Guiding Principles (values). These will later be collected, framed and hung on our wall. Cool idea, huh? Again we had a really good time. And I discovered how artistic some of our Team Members are. And it just reaffirmed how artistically untalented I am…
Anyway, this was followed by our much awaited talent competition! This was extremely popular last year, and so we made a point of doing it again this year. And boy did we see some great talents. We had juggling, rope-skipping, chili eating, singing and dancing, make up applying, creating things out of junk, a puppet show, martial arts choreography and painting! It was just so much fun. At the end there was a vote for the best talent, and three cups given out.
I also gave away two Extraordinary Falakonian Awards (all Falak Enterprises Team Members are called Falakonians) to two invaluable Team Members; Marketing and Operations Manager Saba Saleem, and Financial Controller and Admin Manager Gemma Austria. Two very hard working Falakonians who are an integral part of the company, and are very instrumental in making Falak Enterprises what it is today.
When the talent competition and award ceremony was over we went to dinner in Bang Sai Thai. We had our own room with a karaoke machine – and boy did we use it! DBC circuit advisor Mahmood Al-Bahaar really made us laugh with his own rendition of Shaggy’s You’re My Angel. He even sand a Philippino song. I thought I was going to burst laughing!
There was just so much laughing the whole weekend actually. I’m still on a high as I write this! The second day ended at around 12:30 am when we were politely told by the restaurant staff that the restaurant is closing. I went home exhausted but exhilarated , and when I slept I dreamt I was still at the Big Bang…
I’ve collected some photos for you below. You can see us doing the cheesy Big Bang sign in most of the photos. I hope you like them, and talk to you soon.